Herbal Interests // Holiday Herbal Tea Blends

Happy Tuesday! It's that time of year where teas can be so filling, warming, and calming. I can't stand drinking tea in the summer (not a huge fan of iced tea, or iced coffee for that matter), but now that we have our heat on, I know it's cold enough for me to warm my hands with a tasty herbal blend. Do you have a tea lover in your life? These winter blends would make the perfect gift to give someone you love dear! Wrap it up in a little paper sack like me, or maybe store it in a pretty mason jar tied with twine. The packaging possibilities are endless! Let's get to making some tea.

The beautiful thing about herbal tea blends is you can't mess up too badly! You just need to start with a base: black tea, green tea, white tea, chamomile, licorice, etc. Then add flavor: vanilla bean, cardamom, fennel, anise, coriander, lavender, rose hips, berries, mint, coconut, etc. The list goes on! You want to add equal parts tea to flavor. If you are just doing a single serving, think in teaspoons. For these, I thought by 1/4 Cups worth since I was going to package them as a gift. If you need more information on making herbal tea blends, check out my herbal tea post here

Refreshing Cranberry

  • 1/4 cup fresh or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crushed rose hips
  • 1/4 cup hibiscus 
  • 1/4 cup dried orange
  • 1/4 cup chamomile
  • 1/4 cup black oolong tea

Nothing says the holidays like cranberry! Mix it with hibiscus flower petals + crushed rose hips to give it that refreshing and uplifting taste. A bit of dried orange really tangs it up! This tea is citrusy and floral and tastes like perfection.

Cooling Ginger

  • 1/4 cup lemon balm
  • 1/4 cup licorice root
  • 1/4 cup dried + chopped ginger OR 1 tsp ground ginger (strain well)
  • 1/4 cup mint

This tea is a minty lemon refreshment - perfect to drink iced! I love the citrusy lemon/lime feel to this one, and the licorice root base definitely gives it something extra. If you plan to use ground ginger, I suggest straining this tea with a cheesecloth.

BLack Orange Spice

  • 1/4 cup black oolong
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1/4 cup dried orange
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves

This tea is spicy, sweet, and tangy. I really love this one! Just smelling it makes me happy. Add a little cream + honey.

Rosemary chai

  • 1/4 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1 tbsp cup allspice berries
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 3-4 star anise
  • 1 tbsp dried + cut ginger, or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp whole nutmeg, or 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 vanilla bean (optional)

Loving this tea! But if you know me, you know that I love anything with rosemary. I wanted to create a chai tea that had an evergreen taste, and rosemary is your girl for that. If you want to sweeten it up a little more, add in some vanilla bean, or mix in a little pure vanilla extract while you're simmering. Hits the spot!

When you have finished mixing your teas, package them up! Like I said above, a little brown paper bag works great as well as a mason jar. I would label your teas and also write down what is in them, just for your own knowledge when picking them up later down the road. To brew your tea, toss a spoonful of a mix into a stove pot and simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Strain well with a sieve or cheesecloth. Add a little cream + honey to sweeten. Enjoy your holiday herbal teas this season!

xoxo Kayla